Psychological Adjustment in Young Children with Chronic Medical Conditions

Susan Immelt

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Children with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for behavioral and emotional problems compared to physically healthy children. This study used a conceptual model to examine factors associated with psychological adjustment in children aged 7-11 years old with any of four chronic illnesses. The variables most closely associated with child adjustment included the following: mothers' evaluation of the impact of the child's illness on the family; child's perceptions of parental acceptance; and child's self-perceptions of physical appearance, social acceptance, and athletic competence. These findings confirm the importance of maternal and child perceptions in understanding the psychological adjustment of children with chronic conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-377
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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